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How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes (Mosquito Control & Mosquito Traps)

Updated on July 7, 2013

Importance of Mosquito Control...

Mosquitoes are insects that just can't be tolerated. They buzz us right in the ear when we are asleep and that is as annoying as a siren of an ambulance. They disturb our sleep and this may lead to sleep deprivation and related diseases.

Diseases

Mosquitoes carry some of the most dangerous diseases that are responsible for millions of deaths around the world. Some most common viral fevers transmitted by mosquitoes are;

The last two are considered the most dangerous as they cause a massive number of deaths.

Other than the viral fevers, mosquitoes can also spread worms inside of our bodies that would cause stomach swellings, pains, diarrhea etc.

The most dangerous disease the mosquitoes spread is the Malaria which causes premature deaths for a lot of underage children.

Plants that collect water as such could be a good spot for breeding mosquitoes.
Plants that collect water as such could be a good spot for breeding mosquitoes.

Mosquito Control...

Rather than killing when they are born, the best way is to eliminate the breeding chances of the mosquitoes in your surroundings. Mosquitoes don't fly very far off, so if you experience mosquito problems it's most likely either your or your neighbors fault.

Mosquitoes mainly breed in water (Dengue mosquitoes breed in clean water) and any excess water remaining on pots, plastics, gutters, drains should be cleaned constantly or filled with sand or something to restrict the collection of water. Even some plants that collect water should be removed from the home garden as they are the best birthing houses for the mosquitoes. See the given picture for an example. Empty tires, plastic bottles, coconut shells, small desert cups and anything and everything that can collect even the slightest bit of water could be a breeding spot for mosquitoes.

A homemade mosquito trap.
A homemade mosquito trap.

Mosquito Traps...

  1. Free and Home-made Mosquito Trap

This is a simple and an effective mosquito trap that you can make out of thrown away stuff. All you need is;

  • One 2 liter soda bottle
  • A knife
  • A piece of black tape
  • One teaspoon of brown sugar
  • One teaspoon of active dry yeast
  • A cup of hot water

How to build:-

Cut the soda bottle across at the top where it starts to get pointy. Take the top part and invert and place it over the bottom part. Press it (not all the way) so that it hold on. Tape the two parts if you think the top part will fall in. What we need is to give maximum space inside the bottle to trap the maximum amount of mosquitoes possible.

Take the hot cup of water and put the sugar in it and mix it well. Wait till the water cools down and then pour it inside the bottle we made above. Then put the yeast in the bottle as well. You don't need to dissolve it or anything, just add it with the sugar syrup. The you will want to cover probably most of the bottle with a black paper or the same black tape you have. This is done because dark places attract mosquitoes. The machine is done!!!

Keep the bottle in an area you think mosquitoes are in abundant. You will see results in a few days. You can either clean up and use it again or simply build a new one.

Watch how the electronic mosquito trap works.

Electronic Insect Trap
Electronic Insect Trap

Mosquito repellent lotion from 3M

Other Mosquito Traps...

  • Electronic mosquito trap

A simple, yet effective device for attracting and electrifying mosquitoes and other harmful insects as well. This gadget can be used outdoors so that it can be kept away from indoors and can be kept at places where mosquitoes are in masses. Unlike mosquito fogger, there is no harmful sprays or poisons released from this device. A single trap is said to be effective up to 1 1/2 acres of land. It's specially designed not to clog so short circuit issues are out of the question as well.


  • Mosquito Magnets

Mosquito Magnets attract mosquitoes and other outdoor harmful insects and exterminate them when they are drawn close enough. There are electrified gadgets of this nature and can be seen on Amazon at reasonable prices, considering the fact that they are effective up to 1 acre of land and can operate up to 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.


  • Mosquito repellents

Mosquito repellents operate the exact opposite way as mosquito magnets. There are creams of different types that can be applied on your skin that will drive away any mosquitoes. But this doesn't eliminate the threat of the mosquitoes, but simply drives them off for the time being. If you are going on camping, hikes and outdoor adventure these creams could be a great help.


  • Mosquito Foggers

These are equipment that spray out a gas that will rid the surrounding of mosquitoes for hours. Ideal for quick wipe-out of mosquitoes. However there is debate about the toxicity of the gas used against the humans around the environment.


  • Mosquito rackets

These are formed in the shape of a tennis racket and this has a set of iron rods that can be electrified with the press of a button. All you have to do is press the button and hit with the racket face to the mosquito (also effective against flies, bugs, spiders etc) and it will get electrocuted in an instance. Yes, much less messy than swatting it bloody on you body and your walls. It is rechargeable and can be used almost anywhere. And probably it will give you some exercise as well. :)

Summary...

Be safe than be sorry!!! Don't wait till someone you love become infested. Take steps now. Being on the safe side always pays off. Money is not an issue when it comes to safeguarding our loved ones. Even if it is an issue, try out the soda bottle method, it's as effective as any other trap mentioned here.

Mosquitoes can be eliminated permanently if we all do our little part towards it.

Help others make a choice...

Which of the above ways are most effective, based on your experience?

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    • Nimesh De Silva profile image
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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. The darkened bottle is cost effective and works brilliantly. But if the mosquito spread is high I recommend the whole community opting for something more effective on a large scale.

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      jocent 4 years ago

      This article you had written is very helpful and interesting. A lot of my countrymen is plagued with dengue and chikungunya since our country is considered a rainforest area. Even in cities dengue ranks in the top list of health concern. The first option trap is more adaptable for my people for the poor section of the populace is most affected. Thanks!

    • Nimesh De Silva profile image
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      Nimesh De Silva 4 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful comment. Do try the first one. It's easy and effective.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Awesome! These are great tips on getting off mosquitoes. Thanks for sharing this. I´ll try the first mosquito trap. Voted up and useful;-) Pinned.